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Around the Minors: Opening Day

Sights and sounds from the first game action in a long time
May 4, 2021

Setting off sparks Low-A Kannapolis may have lost its inaugural game as the Cannon Ballers, but it was quite a show.

Setting off sparks

Low-A Kannapolis may have lost its inaugural game as the Cannon Ballers, but it was quite a show.

No. 1 gets first hit, RBI

Baseball's top overall prospect, Wander Franco, races for a triple to cross first Triple-A knock and first run plated off his to-do list with Durham.

Doubling his fun

MJ Melendez, the No. 14 Royals prospect, smacked a two-run homer in the top of the fourth for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. Then he did the same thing again the next inning.

They didn't have to wait long

The first batter in Double-A Somerset Patriots' history parked one. In the first inning, Yankees' No. 10 prospect Estevan Florial smacked one over the wall.

'Welcome to Double-A'

It was an early wakeup call for second-ranked Cardinals prospect Nolan Gorman, who dives and comes up with a web gem for Double-A Springfield in the first inning.

Back to business

Nate Pearson strikes out eight in his first start of the year for Triple-A Buffalo. It's a career high for the top Blue Jays prospect's first outing of a season. Gameday »

Kinsler comes home

Retired second baseman Ian Kinsler returned to Frisco to throw out the first pitch. The four-time All-Star hit .300 in 71 games with the RoughRiders in 2004 on his ascent to the Majors.

'That ball got caught up in the sky'

Fifth-ranked Marlins prospect Lewin Diaz kicks off his season by lofting a home run for Triple-A Jacksonville.

Starting off with a career high

Roansy Contreras, the No. 20 Pirates prospect, struck out a career-high 11 while scattering five hits over five innings in his season bow for Double-A Altoona. Gameday »

Just like they did it in practice...

Third-ranked Red Sox prospect Jarren Duran makes a nice snag and No. 2 Jeter Downs helps him turn two on the play for Triple-A Worcester.

That first-pitch thing is catching on...

MLB Pipeline's No. 6 St. Louis prospect Jordan Walker didn't take long to warm up for Low-A Palm Beach.

One pitch, one hit

The Blue Jays' 2020 first-rounder Austin Martin starts his professional career with a knock for the Double-A Fisher Cats. Tune in now »

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